1) Poison Ivy in
Summer Classic poison
ivy in full swing. Some leaves are notched. Some leaves are not. New leaves are shiny and still somewhat reddish. Older leaves are duller.
2) Poison Ivy in
Spring Like many
spring leaves, poison ivy leaves start out bright red, which seems to fend off
Keep in mind that new leaves can always be reddish even when they sprout in mid
I've rarely seen poison ivy attacked by any visible insect, although
occasionally I've seen leaves affected by what looks like a fungus. If there is
an insect that liked to eat poison ivy it should be thriving, and also awarded
the Nobel Prize.
3) Poison Ivy in
There is a
story that somebody brought some poison ivy back to England because it has nice
colors in the fall.*
Poison ivy turns all sorts of colors in the fall: yellow, red, orange. And you
can still get itchy from it in the fall.
4) Climbing Poison
hard to tell poison ivy from the tree it's climbing on - it can branch out two
or three feet.
When you cut down a tree for firewood you can get a good case of poison ivy
from the vine stuck to the tree - even in winter.
And they say you can get VERY bad poison ivy from the smoke from burning wood
with ivy vines on it. You get the problem in your lungs. You don't want that.
Nasty as it is, it's nothing compared to the strangler fig vine of the tropics,
that climbs a tree and then kills it.
5) Creeping Poison Ivy It creeps along on the ground - usually at the edge of the forest or edge of a field or roadside. Note that it's happy to co-exist with pine trees. It's almost impossible to get rid of it, since the roots are very well established under the ground. You can rip it out, but you almost never get it all, and it comes back with attitude.
6) Poison Ivy Bush Under the right conditions poison ivy will explode into a true shrub - usually on top of an old stump or a post, or on you if you stand still long enough.This particular disaster is at the edge of a field, and the surrounding ground is thick with poison ivy for 35 feet in all directions.You have to admire a plant that shows this kind of initiative and enthusiasm. Poison Ivy Grows at the Edges You can almost count on poison ivy growing at the edge of every field within its range. And at the edge of every road, and the edge of every forest.
And wherever man has bulldozed a stable environment - like a new shopping mall or a housing subdivision. In the open field the grass usually wins over time, and in the deep woods the ivy probably can't get enough light.
But at the edge of the field, forest, parking lot, or road - the poison ivy wins out.
7) Poison Ivy Bush in Winter This is the same bush as pictured in the Summer picture. We used this to illustrate poison ivy in the winter since it's bit unusual.
I pictured somebody gathering wood for a Christmas craft project without thinking that this bush could be poison ivy. The word is that you CAN get poison ivy from working with the vine in winter AND you can get it in your lungs if you burn it and breathe the smoke.
8) Poison Ivy at the Beach When poison ivy grows near the ocean it tends to have curly, waxy looking leaves. A day at the beach could result in weeks of agony if you don't realize that poison ivy grows - often in huge lush stands - at the beach.The one good thing about poison ivy at the beach is that it seems to do a good job of holding the beach together against erosion. And it keeps people away, which always makes the local wildlife much happier.